1788 New Jersey Cent - which variety?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by GeorgeM, Dec 8, 2021.

  1. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    This one's a bit rough. I'm not familiar with the series, but I'm fairly confident on the 1788 date. The horse's head on this piece doesn't seem to match either variety listed in the RedBook for that year though - it seems more naturalistic to me to be the Serpent Head or Camel Head.

    I'm still learning on post Colonial coppers - and it's a steep curve. In particular, I'm curious about which identifiers you key into, and what grade you would assign this (along with the signs that point you there).

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    I found the Braided hair variety listed in the PCGS CoinFacts app. Even though the areas of the coin where the Running Foxes would be are fairly blotto, the straight edged plow handle seems to match up to me. Most of the other varieties have very obviously curved handles.

    Apologies for the picture quality. Taken with my phone on the flight back from Miami.
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  3. l.cutler

    l.cutler Member

    It's a 77-dd. The die damage on the shield on the reverse is the big giveaway on this one. Sometimes colonial and state coinages can be tough to attribute in lower grades, then you have to look at whatever detail is remaining for slight variations in legends, punctuation, etc. If you are going to get into these, forget the redbook, they only have a few of the more popular varieties. Whitman's encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American coins is a good one, or you can zero in on a particular series with a more in depth specialized reference.
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  4. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Thanks. I thought that looked like some kind of clashed or repunched die, but with the general wear wasn't sure it was PMD or not. I'll look for Whitman's reference too.
  5. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Yes, the Whitman reference is really outstanding. I would highly recommend it. It's the best book on the subject since Crosby, which was published well over 100 years ago.
  6. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    Any thoughts on grade?
  7. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Fair Sharpness, environmental damage.
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